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Director of Special Education Certification

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The Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board issues a Level I five year Certificate for Special Education to applicants who:
  • Have completed a preparation program approved by the Education Professional Standards Board pursuant to 16 KAR 5:010;
  • Have completed three years of full-time experience as a teacher or school psychologist with a minimum of one year as a teacher of exceptional children or school psychologist;
  • Have attained Rank II certification; and
  • Qualify for a Kentucky teaching certificate or school psychologist certificate.

Additional Information: "Level I" means the standards-based program of studies designed for minimal preparation to serve in the position of director of special education.
"Level II" means the standards-based program of studies to attain the first five- year renewal of the certificate for the position of director of special education.
"Qualified applicant" means an applicant who holds the appropriate certification as a director of special education unless the superintendent of the employing school district has documented evidence that the applicant is unsuitable for appointment.

If a candidate’s Rank II certification is not in the educational leadership field, an educator preparation institution may require additional coursework in this field as part of the Level I preparation.

How to apply for Director of Special Education Certification

  • Fill out CA-1 application form (page 5 of the form is sent to EPSB from the university, recommending the appropriate certificate) and
  • Submit a $50 money order or certified check made payable to the "Kentucky State Treasurer" or applicants may also use EPSB "E-Pay" online payment service to pay certification fees once the completed application has been mailed.
  • Submit an OFFICIAL transcript showing the completion of coursework for this certificate
  • Upon receipt, the EPSB will issue a 5-year Professional Certificate

Division of Certification
Education Professional Standards Board

100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

Special Education Certification Renewal

Each five year renewal shall require:
  • Completion of a CA-2 application and
  • Two (2) years of experience as a director of special education;
  • Completion of three (3) semester hours of additional graduate credit or the equivalent related to the position of the director of special education; or
  • Completion of forty-two (42) hours of approved training selected from programs approved for the Kentucky Effective Instructional Leadership Training Program provided in KRS 156.101.
  • Submission of a $50 money order or certified check made payable to the "Kentucky State Treasurer" or applicants may also use EPSB "E-Pay" online payment service to pay certification fees once the completed application has been mailed.
  • Mail to:

Division of Certification
Education Professional Standards Board

100 Airport Road, 3rd Floor
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

Additional Information: The first renewal shall require the completion of a Level II program approved by the Education Professional Standards Board pursuant to 16 KAR 5:010.
If a lapse in certification occurs for lack of completion of the Level II preparation, the certification may be reissued for a five year period upon successful completion of the Level II preparation, but for the lack of the renewal requirements, the certificate may be reissued after the completion of an additional six semester hours of graduate study or the equivalent appropriate to the program.

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